After reviewing historical documents, property information and over 190 name suggestions submitted by community members, the School Name Recommendation Committee brought three name recommendations for the new Urbana-area elementary school to the Board of Education for consideration at their meeting on May 7. The Board voted 5-2 to name the new elementary school “Sugarloaf Elementary School.” This name was brought forth by the recommendation committee because of the nearby Sugarloaf Mountain, an enduring geological feature that can be seen from the new school site.


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FCPS and the School Name Recommendation Committee would like to thank all those who submitted name suggestions or feedback during the naming process!

Read more about the BOE policy about naming schools: Policy 201.

About Sugarloaf Elementary School
Urbana along the I-270 corridor is one of the fastest growing areas in Frederick County. The new Sugarloaf Elementary School addresses the continued build out of the Urbana community and relieves overcrowding at both Urbana and Centerville elementary schools. The new school, estimated to cost $30 million, was designed by architects Grimm and Parker, the same firm responsible for the design of North Frederick Elementary School which will serve as a prototype for this project. The school is located within the Urbana North mixed-use development situated west of MD 355.

In fall of 2013, the Board of Education decided that this new elementary school in Urbana would serve grades PreK-5, as opposed to a paired arrangement with the existing Urbana Elementary, thus having its own attendance area. A redistricting study was initiated after the completion of the Urbana Elementary Replacement Project. FCPS anticipates that the attendance area will draw from the existing Urbana Elementary and Centerville Elementary attendance areas.

See the presentation from the 2/3/15 community meeting here.

Quick Facts

Location: The Sugarloaf Elementary was built in the Urbana North mixed-use development west of MD 355 and next to the older Urbana Community Park. View a site map here.

Capacity: 725 students, pre-K- 5th grade

  1. Project Scope / Description
    1. No Change
    2. Base Building – 94,512 + Parks and Recreation Addition 3,357 = 97,869 Total SF
  2. Project Schedule
    1. Design - Complete
    2. Construction
      1. Bid – January 2017
      2. Construction – April 2017 – June 2018
      3. Substantial Completion – June 30, 2018
      4. Occupancy – August 2018
        1. This building will open with the Students and Staff from Urbana Elementary School.
        2. Contingent upon the completion of the Urbana Elementary Replacement Project, Sugarloaf Elementary will open to students in August 2020.
    3. Project Completion – December 31, 2018
  3. Project Budget
    1. Total Project Budget – TBA
    2. Construction Budget – TBA
  4. Current Status
    1. Construction Phase 1 began on April 1, 2017 and Substantial Completion was obtained on 6/30/18
    2. Construction Phase 2 began on July 1, 2017 and Substantial Completion was obtained on 6/30/18
    3. Received Permanent Certificate of Occupancy on July 17, 2018
    4. Construction Completion is at 99%
      1. Civil – Site Work - Complete
      2. Architectural - Complete
      3. Structural - Complete
      4. Mechanical - Complete
      5. Electrical – Complete
      6. Performing Punch List activities
      7. Project Close-Out process is nearing completion
        1. Demonstrations and Trainings
        2. Operation and Maintenance Manuals
        3. As Built Documents
    5. Furniture and Equipment is being delivered and set in place

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